We are a group of trainers, facilitators and educators specialising in non-formal education methods with diverse backgrounds, a few of which include community leadership, activism and research. We represent seven organisations from six European countries. There is a great variety of skill and experience in our team that is enriched through many theoretical inspirations.
What unites us is a common vision for a better world, a sustainable future where humanity can thrive in harmony with all Life. We believe that a transition to such a future is possible and that an inner transformation is a key component.
Our individual journeys have been shaped and guided by practices, tools and experiences that we share with you within the Inner Pathways project. Such have become our anchors and passions, often leading to significant lifestyle changes or support for concrete actions towards a more regenerative future.
A vision for a sustainable and regenerative world
We came together at this pivotal moment in human history, driven by the recognition of a profound transformation that is needed in the world today. We are deeply concerned with the overexploitation of the Earth’s resources, climate change, social injustice, pollution and loss of biodiversity. We join those voices in the world today that call for a shift towards building a society that sustains all life, respecting the intricate natural balance on which we depend for our survival.
We feel encouraged to witness the increasing awareness of global environmental, social and political challenges, with more and more people around the world rising up, speaking up and taking action. From the smallest change in daily routines to the larger transformative work of restructuring the very fabric of our societies, we stand with those who believe that we still have a window of opportunity to act and restore the natural balance on our planet.
The Inner Pathways approach
We believe that as educators and facilitators we have important gifts to contribute to this global transformation. Our approach is that of INNER PATHWAYS: a belief that a shift in awareness is necessary to power and support the transition towards a regenerative future. Such shift moves us away from engaging in behaviours based on self-interest and the overexploitation of natural resources, a sense of separateness, alienation and competitive individualism. Instead, this shift in awareness brings us back to a sense of interconnectedness with all life, which in turn promotes cooperation, care and respect. We believe that from this change in awareness, sustainable, lasting solutions will grow organically, with a ripple-like effect. We find from our own experience, that the inner change finds manifestation in the outer world with profound effects beyond the individual wellbeing – healing relationships, workplaces and communities. We trust that it has the power to eventually bring about peace and harmony on a global level.
The process of reconnecting
Our approach is based on practices that aim to reconnect people to themselves, to their natural environment and to each other, bringing a realisation that we are an inseparable part of the natural world, deeply connected to other beings. This process of reconnecting relies on continuous re-sourcing, re-charging and re-generating. It is not something that can be done just once or accepted as “truth” on a purely intellectual level.
Instead, the awareness of the interconnectedness of all life is a continuous process of remembering, deepening our sense of connection, strengthening our inner power and replenishing our energy to act. Such reconnection relies on tapping into the intelligence that lies beyond our thinking minds and includes the wholeness of human experience. It is an embodied process that leads us to a profound lifestyle change.
We recognize that there is not a single path for everyone to follow. As the old proverb says: “There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading to the same place, so it doesn’t matter which path you take.” We hope that our project will provide inspiration and useful practices for your further journey.